Stories about politics.

Bethel voters head to the Yupiit Picaryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020 to cast their ballots.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With many ballots still to be counted, early results in Alaska’s Election Day tally gave some indication where some races may be heading.

The U.S. Census will begin in Toksook Bay, Alaska on Jan. 21, 2020. Pictured Dec. 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Polls will be open this Election Day in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities locked down because of COVID-19. Election workers have devised ways for everyone in their community to vote, despite the pandemic.

The State of Alaska Division of Elections' 2020 “I Voted” sticker created by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee.
Alaska Division of Elections

If you’re in quarantine or isolation because of COVID-19 and can’t get to the polls, here are two ways to cast your vote.

The State of Alaska Division of Elections' 2020 “I Voted” sticker created by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee.
Alaska Division of Elections

Kusko Cab will provide free rides to and from the polls in Bethel on Election Day. There will be only one voting location in Bethel on that day, at the Cultural Center, where doors will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. There are several ways to vote before Election Day.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Due to the huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Bethel and the region around it, the Bethel City Council passed a resolution asking people to hunker down on Oct. 27. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel has a new mayor, and her name is Michelle DeWitt. DeWitt was recently re-elected to a two-year term after serving on Bethel City Council for the past year. Haley Hanson remains Bethel's vice mayor. The city council chose the two women to lead it in a unanimous vote on Oct. 19.

Willy Keppel

There are two candidates running for District 38’s seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. We heard from incumbent Democrat Tiffany Zulkosky on Oct. 21. Veteran's Party Challenger Willy Keppel has declined to be interviewed on “Coffee at KYUK.” In order for voters to make an informed decision, KYUK’s Greg Kim has this story on Willy Keppel’s campaign message, along with information drawn from court records.

Tiffany Zulkosky was sworn in as House District 38's state representative on March 9, 2018.
Courtesy of Michelle Sparck.

State Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky said that her biggest accomplishments have been fighting the governor’s budget vetoes to protect rural Alaska, and the creation of the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. That committee led the effort to establish November as Alaska Heritage Month. Zulkosky’s concern for rural Alaska's tribes was evident during her first year in office.

Alaska Public Media

In September 2020, KYUK reported that approximately 130 residents living in Mertarvik did not receive a primary election ballot. After hearing this news, state lawmakers from the state House and Senate wrote letters to state election officials asking how they would fix things for the general election. The Alaska Division of Elections director and Alaska's lieutenant governor shared their response to these questions with KYUK.

Alyse Galvin Campaign

This is the second time that Alyse Galvin will try to defeat Don Young, the longest-serving member of Congress. She said that Young has been there too long, and that he doesn’t have any power because term limits prevent him from chairing any committee, even if the Republicans were to regain control of the House of Representatives.